The New Tynesiders - Little Town - Book 2

"The New Tynesiders" follows the story of Akan Badoe; a Ghanaian immigrant who comes to settle in the North East along with many other ethnic groups. His struggle for acceptance in a racially bigoted Britain are documented. The story also follows young Jimmy Connors Hepple the boy from the "Little Town" story who is adopted by an eminent surgeon and his wife after a tragic accident where both his parents are killed in a gas explosion.
Jimmy meets Sydney a young black boy and they become friends. Jimmy the adventurer wants to work in the Arctic like his hero Sir Robert Falcon Scott. Sydney a doctor. The story takes you on a journey through the boys childhood into adulthood where colour, creed,or religion have no boundaries. The New Tynesiders will take you back from 1948- 1966.


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Eliza was so excited she sat at her table in her room in the hospital telling Jimmy that his mother and father had met and that now it was alright for them to see each other.

She told him how much she loved him. There was other good news too she said; the hospital had agreed to keep her on as an assistant to his mother. She would be on a good salary and would be able to afford a mortgage on a house of her own.

Eliza said that his mum was helping her look for a place near the hospital on Salter’s Road.

When she was finished writing Eliza ran to the post office and posted it off.

Eliza still hadn’t heard from Jimmy in two weeks since the storms hit Antarctica.

She wondered whether he was receiving her mail.


All was quiet in the cabin on the Wednesday Martyn looked outside and saw clear skies.

He woke Jimmy. “Come on Sunshine; rise and shine.”

“Jimmy jumped up and looked out of the plate glass window where he saw what Martyn saw and smiled.

“Be right out; put the kettle on and I will make us coffee.

It’s done mate I’ve been up since dawn. The sledges are packed and ready to roll once you’ve eaten breakfast.

Jimmy ate a bowl of porridge that had been made by Martyn; it was a little thicker with standing a while but it went down just the same.

Jimmy was ready in ten minutes and they took the dingy on the back of the large motorised sledge this time because the fresh snow was some three feet deep.

It had frozen so they could ski on the packed ice. Once they got to the waters edge Jimmy helped to get the dingy in the water and they started the outboard motor and headed for McMurdo Sound which was situated to the North of Ross Island.

Over the last few days the Penguins had increased a lot of them were shedding the brown coloured down and were now looking like real penguins now.

Jimmy used his clicker to record the numbers of birds there were in the rookery.

Another visitor to the Island was the Albatross who came here to breed.

There were also Stormy Petrels they ringed a few of the birds and young penguins so they could cover there migration patterns. They tagged several seals too. It wouldn’t be long before they would leave the island just like their parents had before them.

They had to be very careful in case they were bitten. A wound could turn septic and there would be a risk of frost bite. If that happened then someone could lose fingers or worse their lives if untreated.


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